Sunday, August 9, 2015

California Love

We got back to Maine last week from our 4 week summer vacation. We spent the first week in Utah and Idaho and then drove to Northern California for the remainder of the trip. It was mostly swimming, visiting with friends & family, and roasting s'mores in the backyard with a couple touristy activities in the mix. We had a really great time and Amelia has already been asking to go back. 

I have about 1000 pictures to share so we will get right to it.
When I looked outside and saw them in the car I felt like I was seeing the future. These two are such good friends and I can already tell will have so much fun when they are teenagers.

These girls had so much fun together. She has been asking to 
see her "Benny" everyday since.

One of the activities on my list was to ride the skunk train in Willits. Its been around since 1885 and used to be a logging train. I have always known about it but never checked it out, so now was the perfect time. We surprised the kids and they were beyond stoked. The weather was perfect and the ride took us into a nice spot right in the redwoods.
Wiped out. 

Something we do every time we go to Ukiah is Montgomery Woods. My dad took the morning off and we took the girls for a visit. It really is one my favorite hikes in the world. Its not really a hike, more of a walk but it is fantastic. Surrounded by giants and it looks straight out of Star Wars. 

I was really fortunate that while I was in town a childhood friend was getting married. It was like a mini high school reunion. So good to see all my beautiful friends. When we get together it makes me realize how far away I really live.

Another must on our to do list is shooting with my dad. Before we left we grabbed a bunch of sodas to drink that we could use for targets. When I sat down I noticed that my Diet Coke said Dad and it was super cheesy and fun. Side note: I am terrible at rifle shooting but I can hold my own with a shotgun. So much fun.

Last thing on our must list is the Mendocino coast. We are obviously beach people so if there is one in the vicinity we can't help ourselves.

Speaking of beaches on our way down to stay with family we stopped and spent the afternoon at Ocean Beach in San Fran. Amelia finally got over her ridiculous fear and went in. Also these pictures are unedited, it was a perfect San Francisco beach day.
First time putting her feet in the Pacific.
I forgot the swimsuits...

Until next time...

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